I make life complicated out of habit; I’m the type of person who loads my schedule with numerous ideas and projects, absolutely determined to complete all of them. The tasks I take on are all things I’m passionate about and I look forward to the grand finale of each one.
It’s not a bad thing that I live my life this way, with plenty of things on the go, but there is something to said about having a little simplicity in life. While I won’t stop living my life with an intense passion and motivation to be productive, I also want to focus on my future: where I want to be and how I’m going to get there.
Over the years, Brett, Paul and myself have built this system of accountability and trust in each other that allows us to rely on one another to maintain congruent simplicity in everything we do. I can count on Brett and Paul to set me straight when I get a little ahead of myself or venture off the vision path of our goals; together we actively and passionately pursue our goals of living healthy lifestyles and promoting same within our community.
Many people walk into Blitz with their own extensive research on diet systems, fitness techniques, and health tips that unfortunately don’t seem to be working; my solution to this issue is “simplify”. Even by just committing to a five minute walk a day for two weeks is enough to get a fitness beginner started towards a healthier lifestyle; the routine of increasingly stimulating exercises will come with practice and time. The key is to keep it simple! Simplified fitness routines will help form a daily habit of exercise and will eventually encourage us to challenge ourselves with more adventurous activities.
Removing excess stress and unnecessary complications helps us lead a more fulfilling and acceptable lifestyle where we can focus on what really matter the most to us. Just remember: Don’t overcomplicate life!
Here’s some tips to simplifying life that I use:
1) Block off and disconnect: Many of us, inclusive of myself, live very connected lives. When I’m not training, I’m usually on social media sites – emailing, calling, or texting. Our lives have dramatically changed in the past 50 years with the integration of technology and our focus is pulled in thousands of directions at one time; we become entirely unaware of our surroundings and reality as we dive into these technologies that were supposed to make life more simple. Learn to block off some time during the day, whether it’s a workout or time with people in which you disconnect. I’ve taken a practise to keep my phone either off or on silent when I’m with someone that I hold dear, but I make sure to dedicate a few minutes to check every so often if there is something important or urgent. It was tough at first but very meaningful when it is practised.
2) Eliminate some of commitments: Prioritize your commitments during the week and learn to say no to things that are not top priority. The goal here is to free up your time so that you can spend it on things that are more important to you. A meaningful life is not created by attempting to satisfy everyone’s wants or needs and running yourself silly. It is created by impacting those you love and those who are truly important to you. This was an extremely hard thing for me to do since I have always been the go-to person but when I began saying no and providing reasons like: “This is my day off.” or “I’m hanging out with someone right now and I don’t want to distract myself from this time”(People will understand!) Sit down and truly explore who and what is important to you in the next few days and plan your schedule around them.
3) Purge your life: I think people are always surprised when they walk into my house. I’m usually so connected via social media and media interactions, but the TV in my house is rarely on and I don’t have a computer. The decor of my home is simple and comfortable and I decided to get rid of a lot of my “stuff” a few years ago so I could truly focus on living simply. Look around your house, figure out exactly what is a necessity and then question whether you need everything else. I based my house’s decor around what would make a guest feel comfortable and welcome, and I ditched all the “stuff” that wasn’t necessary.
4) Schedule your free time and time for important things: I have two calendars: one for business and one for personal commitments. My business calendar is available to my Blitz team, and they can see when I’ve blocked out time periods for workouts or private matters. My personal calendar contains all the details of the engagements external to business so that I can keep track of what I’ve committed my time to. Calendars are essential to simple organization and avoiding unnecessary chaos.
5) Clean up immediately: I clean constantly! At home and at work, I make sure to clean things immediately so that later, I have time for more important things. 10 minutes a day of cleaning in the morning in your house goes a long way; you would be amazed at what you can accomplish in those 10 minutes! (Not to mention, it’s great coming home to a house that’s already clean after work!)
6) Don’t Shop for 30 Days: You probably knew this one was coming! For 30 days, buy only the essentials: food, toiletries and basic supplies. It will definitely reduce the clutter in your life and we really begin to hone in on what is necessary.
Achieving a simple life is difficult but it all begins with being honest with yourself and finding out what really matters to you.
Have an awesome week!